US should be more wel­com­ing, says FM

Global Times - Weekend - - WORLD -

China said on Fri­day that it hoped the US, as the world’s lead­ing power, would be more con­fi­dent in wel­com­ing en­ter­prises, me­dia, think tanks and stu­dents from other coun­tries in­clud­ing China.

This will pro­mote mu­tual un­der­stand­ing in the US and other coun­tries and ac­cel­er­ate co­op­er­a­tion for mu­tual ben­e­fit, said Geng Shuang, spokesper­son of China’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, at a rou­tine press con­fer­ence Fri­day af­ter­noon.

The re­marks were made af­ter Hoover In­sti­tute of Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity re­leased a re­port Thurs­day ti­tled Chi­nese In­flu­ence & Amer­i­can In­ter­ests: Pro­mot­ing Con­struc­tive Vig­i­lance. The re­port claimed that China tries to in­flu­ence US think tanks, uni­ver­si­ties, me­dia and govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions at dif­fer­ent lev­els.

In­stead of re­spond­ing di­rectly to the re­port, Geng said that China opened its door to the world through re­form and open­ing-up 40 years ago. China has since seen en­ter­prises, me­dia, think tanks and stu­dents from for­eign coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US, come to China not only to wit­ness the coun­try’s re­form and open­ing-up process but also to con­trib­ute to China’s de­vel­op­ment.

“In China, we of­ten say we have ‘Four Mat­ters of Con­fi­dence,’ we hope the US can have its own ver­sion of ‘Four Mat­ters of Con­fi­dence,’”Geng said. In China, the “Four Con­fi­dence” refers to con­fi­dence in the path, the­ory, sys­tem and cul­ture of so­cial­ism with Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics.

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